How to Select Default Mic in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to choose the default Mic or input devices when using Windows 11 so that the correct device is always selected to record sounds.

Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that may confuse some students and new users right away. These changes include, a redesigned user desktop, centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more.

When you have multiple input devices connected to Windows 11, you may often have to switch between these different connected devices to choose the most suitable one for a particular case. Windows 11 lets you set the default input device and forget it. When it’s set, it will always be used by all apps on the system.

While it’s easy to set the default Mic for every apps across the system, some apps allows you to choose your preferred Mic which overrides the systems’ default. In this case, you’ll have to setup apps that have their own input settings to select the default input device.

Also, for students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with setting Windows default Mic, follow the steps below:

Set Windows 11 default Mic

There are multiple ways to select Windows default input devices. Using Windows systems settings, one can quickly select the system-wide Mic for all apps which will always be used as the default input device.

There are multiple ways to select Windows 11 default speakers. Using Windows systems settings, one can quickly select the system-wide speakers for all apps.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Sound on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 select default sound

On the Sound settings pane, under Input where you see “Choose your input device,” choose the input device you want to make the default to play sound.

In the highlighted image below, you can either select Headset or Microphone as your input device and Windows will also use the selected device to record sounds.

windows 11 default input device

The changes you make above will apply for all apps. However, certain app may be customize to override this setting and choose a different input device.

How to switch Input devices in Windows 11

Another way to quickly switch Windows input devices is via the taskbar. If you want to quickly choose between sound devices, right-click on the speakers icon in the taskbar and select Open volume mixer.

windows 11 default input volume

On the Volume mixer settings panel, switch between the Input devices of your choice and exit.

windows 11 volume mixer settings

If you don’t see the connected mic device on the list, it maybe that the device is not recognized in Windows.

Allow Microphone access in Windows 11

Windows 11 also comes with Mic control that allows you to approve apps which can access the microphone on the computer. If you’re having trouble recording sound or not able to communicate through the mic, you should make sure the app is allowed to use the microphone.

Go to Settings –> System –> Privacy & Security –> Microphone

windows 11 microphone

Choose which apps can access the system’s microphone. If the app you’re using isn’t approved to access the system’s mic, you should allow it here.

windows 11 apps microphone access

Exit and test and hopefully, things should work for you.


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  1. Thanks a lot! This helped me.

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